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Jonathan Vilma humbled by selection as New Orleans Saints' Man of the Year

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One of the most prestigious awards in the NFL, the honor is voted on annually by members of the media, Saints front office staff and local non-profit and business executives.

The team cited Vilma's dedication to community service, his charitable efforts and his performance on the field as the reasons for Vilma's selection.
"I'm flattered," Vilma said. "I'm honored. Aside from that, I really haven't had too much time to think about it the way the season is going. But to be put in that category, I'm definitely flattered."

Vilma follows a long line of good Samaritans on the Saints' roster who have made community service a priority. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was chosen Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year late last month.
"To get it coming out of this locker room, you're exactly right," Vilma said. "Charity events upon foundations upon charity events that we attend, not only in the offseason, but during the season as well, it's definitely an honor."
Vilma is one of the finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Brees is the only Saints player to win the honor, as he was the co-recipient of the award in 2006.

The Man of the Year award has been in existence since 1970 and honors NFL players who demonstrate balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities. The finalist from each team receives a $1,000 contribution toward a charity of his choice, and the overall winner will receive $25,000 to donate.

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